At the end of September, the Verizon IndyCar Series handed out its season awards at its Victory Lap event in Indianapolis, but IndyCar.com isn’t quite done handing out awards.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll dive deep into the analytics of the 2018 season to find the driver who had the best year according to our data.
Analysis of raw loop data in several categories will help us decide the winner of each award and the driver with the most awards will be crowned the Speedy "Driver of the Year."
This week, we’ll present three Speedy Awards, the Arie Luyendyk Speed Demons, given to the fastest trap speeds on road/street courses and ovals and the best driver on Push to Pass.
The winner of the Speed Demon Award for ovals is:
Tony Kanaan, AJ Foyt Racing
Tony Kanaan posted the fastest trap speed in two races in 2018, including the fastest speed at Gateway. He ranked among the top five drivers at all six oval races.
The winner of the Speed Demon Award for road/street courses is:
Will Power, Team Penske
Will Power was the only driver to post the fastest trip speed on more than one road/street course in 2018, setting the fastest straight-line speed Belle Isle-1 and Sonoma.
And the Speed Demon Award for push-to-pass is
Sebastien Bourdais, Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan
Sebastien Bourdais didn’t use push-to-pass all the time, but when he did, he was the most effective driver in the 2018 season. Bourdais made 39 passes using push to pass (second among all drivers) and had an efficiency rating of 18.7 percent (39 for 214).
Alex Zanardi “Overtaker of the Year” (link https://www.indycar.com/News/2018/10/10-08-Speedys-Overtaker)
Closer (link: https://www.indycar.com/News/2018/10/10-15-Speedys-Closer)
Most Valuable Pit Crew (https://www.indycar.com/News/2018/10/10-30-Speedy-Awards-Pit-Crew)
“Excuse Me, Coming Through” Trophy (https://www.indycar.com/News/2018/11/11-05-Speedy-Awards-Coming-Through-Trophy)
Average Running Position (https://www.indycar.com/News/2018/11/11-12-Speedy-Average-Running-Position)